Most people can save more than they currently save without losing their quality of life. Often, we still have certain avoidable expenses because we do not have a budget. We also do not record our expenses, so we do not know where our money is going. Where are we throwing money every day or every week? In what ways can we save a little more?
Often, when it comes to financial health, many people don’t focus enough on their mistakes that are costing them money unnecessarily. Having a budget can help with this dilemma. Keeping tight records on where your money is going can make financial mistakes glaringly obvious. Here are eight money mistakes you are making and how to avoid them.
Using ATMs Outside of Your Bank’s
At least in Spain, the cost of using a teller from another network of banks can range from € 0.60 to € 1.80. Even something more depending on the amount we want to get out of the ATM. Here the advice is simple. If the logo of your banking network is not in the ATM, try not to use it.
Late Payment Fees
The surcharges for late payments are throwing money foolishly, and in most cases, the only cause is to leave things for the last minute or poor financial planning. While it is true that surcharges for late payments are a great source of income for banks, it is also true that they can negatively influence if at any time you request a loan or credit. That’s why we should try to keep up.
If you have payments that, for some reason, you cannot domicile in your account, or you must transfer money from one account to another every month, put a reminder in your calendar application to let you know.
Little Used Subscriptions
Whether we talk about TV services, software, online services, or subscriptions to magazines that we do not give the use we had thought of, do not hesitate to cancel your subscription. Your finances will thank you.
Going to the Bar
After analyzing the expenses of different people who wanted to put their finances in order, the biggest expense is often the bar tab. You don’t have to cut having a few drinks during your time off from your budget. However, you do have to find ways to save. Spending money on entertainment should not be a large expense compared to housing, utilities, and food.
Take Out and Restaurants
Understandably, cooking is something that many don’t have time or want to do in today’s busy world. However, spending money on take-out and going out to eat can add up to big costs. Cooking at home can save you tons of money, and you can make it easy with food prep.
There are also healthy and quick alternatives that are fast cooking options if you do a little research. Many food items can be cooked in ten minutes or less while still having great nutritional value with advances.
Up to Date Technology
Most people would be served with a smartphone of $100 or $150. Buy the latest iPhone or another brand that makes us spend $700 or $800 on a mobile phone often has more to do with the whim than with the need.
Similarly, analyze very well for what you need a PC because sometimes people buy “machines” very powerful to perform tasks that do not require much power.
We already explained some of the tricks that stores use to spend more money. Avoid buying more than necessary and begin to distinguish between desire and need for everything. Whether we talk about clothing stores or supermarkets and electronics, controlling yourself in purchases will save you a lot of money.
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